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THURSDAY, March 28
PEOPLE-CARDI B _ Cardi B is dealing with the aftermath after a video showing the rapper saying when she was a stripper, she drugged men and robbed them afterward. The footage, which Cardi B says is three years old, could affect the hitmaker’s white-hot career, which includes deals with Pepsi, Fashion Nova and more. By AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING by 3 p.m. 850 words, photos.
EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK : President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that the FBI and Department of Justice will review the “outrageous” case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, calling it an “embarrassment” to the country. SENT. 358 words, photos.
EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-RACE: Actor Jussie Smollett’s journey from hate-crime victim to defendant reverberated well beyond Chicago by shaking the public trust and exposing the country’s deep racial wounds. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. SENT. 900 words, photos.
FILM-DIANE _ As an esteemed film critic and director of the New York Film Festival, Kent Jones’ perch is the film world is a rarified one. But he has long harbored a dream beyond writing about movies. He wants to make them. His fiction film debut, “Diane,” executive produced by Martin Scorsese, is among the spring’s more acclaimed films. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1 p.m. EDT, photos
TV-COUNTRY MUSIC _ Filmmaker Ken Burns takes a road trip through the South and hosts an all-star concert in Nashville to preview his upcoming PBS documentary on country music. By Kristin M. Hall. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
MUSIC-ROCK HALL-JOE ELLIOTT _ Joe Elliott has no problem addressing huge crowds at concerts and festivals, but when his band Def Leppard gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday, it’s the speech that will make him uneasy. By John Carucci. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.
FILM-DUMBO _ Director Tim Burton and stars Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton discuss “Dumbo,” Disney’s live-action remake of the 1941 animated classic. By Mike Cidoni Lennox and Sian Watson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
PEOPLE-ROBERT TOWNSEND: Some of us understand the heartbreak of finding out our favorite band has broken up, but few can actually turn that dismay into a cult classic. That’s what Robert Townsend did with “The Five Heartbeats.” Not only did the film become a cult classic, Townsend made a documentary about making it, which is nominated for an NAACP Award. By John Carucci. UPCOMING by 4 p.m. 700 words, photos, video.
R KELLY: A woman is publicly accusing R&B singer R. Kelly of sexually abusing her in 2003 while she worked as his hairdresser. SENT. 159 words, photos.
FILM REVIEW-DUMBO. By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 700 words. Film stills.
FILM REVIEW -THE HIGHWAYMAN. By AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: Monday: 700 words. Film stills.
FILM REVIEW-THE BEACH BUM. By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT Tuesday: 700 words. Film stills.
MUSIC REVIEW-LOCASH. By AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Monday: 330 words, photo.
MUSIC REVIEW-LION BABE. Reviewed by Ragan Clark. UPCOMING Friday: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.
MUSIC REVIEW-CHRIS COHEN. Reviewed by Pablo Gorondi. UPCOMING Thursday: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.
MUSIC REVIEW-STEVE EARLE. Reviewed by Pablo Gorondi. SENT Wednesday: 250 words, photo.
BOOK REVIEW-THE LAST SECOND. Reviewed by Jeff Ayers. SENT Monday: 365 words, photo.
BOOK REVIEW-KADDISH.COM. Reviewed By Ann Levin. SENT Monday: 440 words, photo.
BOOK REVIEW-SPEARHEAD. Reviewed by Kim Curtis. UPCOMING Wednesday: 350 words, photo.